Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Wake-Up Call: The joy of text?

President Barack Obama just signed an executive order banning federal workers from text-messaging when they are driving government cars, or driving their own cars on government business, or using their on government phones while driving their own cars on personal business. The ban was announced at a transportation department meeting called to discuss "distracted driving."

And it's a smart move. Now, can Obama just extend this crackdown to anyone texting while driving? That's the kind of martial law just about everyone could support.

Particularly the RTD driver whose bus was almost smashed by a driver (who shall go nameless) texting while trying to find a parking place for yesterday's Rockies game. Our careening course through LoDo had a lot more drama than the game that clinched the Rockies' place in the playoffs.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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